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Page 12 POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 9, 201 2 Ray Barron's 11 O'CLOCK NEWS Never too old! A 96-year-old Indian man has been declared the world's oldest father after his wife bore a son last month -- the second in two years. Ramjeet Raghav, a farmer in a village about 30 miles from Delhi, said the doctors who delivered the healthy boy in a nearby hospital were surprised when he told them he was the father. "I think it's impor- tant for a husband and wife to have sex regu- larly," Raghav said. "My neighbors are jeal- ous and keep asking me for my secret, but all I tell them is that it's God's will." Wowl Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's car was issued a $31 parking ticket in Philadelphia, despite a "police Official Business" placard on the dashboard. "We don't recognize placards," a parking official said. Weird! A Georgia pit bull that attacked a 5-year-old child has been given its own court- appointed lawyer. Judge William Woodrum, Jr., ordered an attorney to represent the interests of the dog at a hearing to decide ff it should be euthanized. "All I can tell you is that the judge appointed me," said lawyer Claude Kicklighter. "I really don't know what the issues are." Scostumato! A Michigan garden-apartment complex was destroyed after a resident tried to cook a squirrel with a propane torch. Firefighters say the man brought the squir- rel onto his third-floor deck, intending to bum off its fur with the torch so he could eat it. But the torch's flame ignited the patio, and the blaze spread. Two fire departments were summoned to fight the fire, which left doz- ens of people homeless. Be aware, injuries to children ages 4 and under have risen by 14 percent since 2007, with 2.5 million visits to the emergency room last year. Experts say the increase --which reverses a long decline in childhood injuries -- may be caused by parents being distracted by smartphones and other devices. Check this out! Social Security checks will be about 1.5 percent higher in 2013, one of the lowest cost-of-living adjustments in the program's history. Consumer prices nudged up slightly in 2012, so the average retiree, who gets $1,237 a month, will see an increase of just about $18. Say it right! Politicians in Missouri usu- ally alternate between pronouncing the state's name as "Missouree" and Misouruh." The Missouruh pronunciation, favored in the southern part of the state and by older, con- servative residents, is often used when can- didates speak to rural audiences. Carlo Scostumato says most people pro- nounce Boston as Bohstin." Yes! Bohstin! And where are you from? "I'ma froma Easta Bohstin." Pregnant women may be getting overly sim- plistic advice about avoiding fish. Experts generally recommend that expectant moth- ers consume no more than two servings of fish per week because the high mercury con- tent in many species can damage a baby's developing brain. But a new study suggests that pregnant women who eat more than two servings of fish per week are half as likely to have a child who later shows symptoms of ADHD, such as hyperactivity and difficulty concentrating. The omega-3 fatty acids in fish appear to offer "dramatic protection against these behaviors," which effect as many as one in 10 American children, Bos- ton University environmental health profes- sor Sharon K. Sagiv tells The same study, however, also reinforced mer- cury fears by showing that pregnant women with above-average mercury levels are up to 70 percent more likely to have a child with ADHD symptoms. The results are "not nec- essarily contradictory," says Harvard Medi- cal School professor Susan Korrick. Rather, they emphasize the importance of eating fish that's less apt to contain mercury-such as tilapia, haddock, and salmon-instead of larger species that tend to host high levels of it, such as tuna and swordfish. Speaking of fish, this would be a wonderful world if men showed as much patience in all things as they do in waiting for a fish to bite. You can now read a great book by Tony Bennett about his life! "The Life is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett." Re- laxed and com- fortable but O O O full of vigor,  Bennett's voice has charmed audiences for more than 60 years. Writing in the same style as he sings, in this new work he shares medita- tive lessons culled from his amazing life. Though not an autobiography per se, Bennett shares countless tales 'bout showbiz, his famous friends, his family and his artistic career. Still, it doesn't matter if he is recounting being awestruck by Frank Sinatra, disagreeing with Columbia Records honcho Clive Davis, or lamenting over indulgence on drugs and alcohol, he remains Zen-like in his delivery. Though slight and not a full account, Bennett's tips for happi- ness, success and longevity are like music to the ears. The book will be available in December for $28.99. For the record, Tony Bennett was born Anthony Benedetto in Long Island City, New York, August 3, 1926, he was discovered by Bob Hope in 1949. After serving in the army during World War Two, he had studied at the American Wing Theater. His sincere approach to his songs comes off particularly well in front of live audiences; hence his suc- cess as one of the all-time top nightclub per- formers in the country. Perhaps his best known and most requested songs are Because of You and (I left My Heart in) San Francisco. a million seller. Weird! Florida Governor Rick Scott, who thought he was announcing the phone num- ber of a meningitis hotline, provided the num- ber of a phone sex line. Callers heard a woman say, "Hello boys .... " Someone really doesn't want Bristol Palin on Dancing With the Stars, said the New York Post. A CBS office in West Hollywood opened a package addressed to the reality TV star filled with a mysterious powdery substance, along with a note reading, "This is what will happen to you if Bristol Palin stays on the show." The powder is reportedly harmless. but the FBI and the LAPD are said to be look- ing into threats against Palin, whose mother, Sarah Palin, ran for Vice President in 2008. Man's best friend! A dog that missed his hospitalized owner traveled two miles across busy roads, a parkway, and unfamiliar neigh- borhoods, and tracked him down to the hos- pital. Zander, a husky mix adopted from a shelter, "was moping around for days I was at the hospital," said owner John Dolan of Bay Shore, N.Y. "My wife said he had water in his eyes and looked like he was really sad." The dog slipped out of the house and somehow found the hospital. "He's my boy," Dolan said. "I think he missed me." According to the brilliant hunk Kyle Waters of Swampscott, "A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves him- self." Yes, Kyle, does have a loving dog named Penny. A wee bit of show business reminiscing with the stately musicologist Albert Natale. Frank Sinatra crooned 73 songs on Tommy Dorsey recording dates, many of which became quite famous. A few of the songs: "Fools Rush In," "I'll Never Smile Again," "There Are Such Things" and "Let's Get Away From It All." Hoagy Carmichael was not only one of the most prolific song writers of the century, he also branched out into acting in the 1940s and to everyone's surprise, proved an engaging support player. He is best re- membered, as an actor, as the easy-going ranch hand "Jonesy" during the first TV sea- son of "Laramie." Erskine Hawkins had al- ready gained a bit of fame with his Bluebird version of "Tuxedo Junction," when Glenn Miller came along and parlayed the tune into an even bigger hit ...and on the same record label at that. Actress Katherine Hepburn once won a Bronze Medal for figure skating at Madison Square Garden at age fourteen. Both Van Johnson and Van Heflin turned down the part of Eliot Ness in 'rhe Untouch- ables" on TV, before it was accepted by Robert Stack. AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN NAME Recipes From the Homeland by Vita Orlando Sinopoli COPYRIGHT, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED SPINACH AND PAGIOLI Spinach and Beans 1 can red kidney beans or 1 can cannellini beans (white beans) 1 pound spinach (fresh or frozen) 1 medium onion chopped 2 garlic cloves chopped (optional) 4 tablespoons olive, canola, or vegetable oil 1 can chicken broth (optional) Salt Fresh spinach: Clean and wash spinach. Set aside. Frozen spinach: Remove wrapper from package, place spinach aside in a bowl. In a saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion and simmer until onion is lightly browned. Add chopped garlic and stir for a few seconds (optional). Garlic should not brown. Then add can of beans of choice, stir, and covdP.  C6oOY low heat for a few minutes. If stick- ing, add a little water or some chicken broth. Stir and add washed fresh or frozen spinach. (Frozen spinach will require a little more water or chicken broth to defrost and cook with the beans). Let this simmer slowly, stirring occasionally until spinach is cooked. Add more water or chicken broth if needed. Serve with fresh garlic bread and/or boiled rice of choice. Serves two. OPTIONAL: In place of spinach, use your favorite leafy vegetable of choice like escarole, chicory, mustard greens. broccoli rab6 or kale., NOTE: I remember my maternal grandmother selecting her dry white beans from the various bean bins in the local grocery store. At home she washed the beans and started the long process of cooking them on her stove. The kitchen filled with the aroma of the simmering beans as Nonna faithfully checked and stirred the bean pot. In a separate saucepan she later used her cooked beans to prepare what she called "la minestra" (her beans and greens meal). During the Depression, mothers extended this recipe by adding more beans to the saucepan when needed. In most families, this often was a "dunk and eat lots Of bread" meal because no meat was o be served that everting.. = ;; We arefortunate todag, to have variatts canned beans,: which can limit the preparation time in preparing this meal. Vita can be reached at vos 1st Generation Italian-American Vita Orlando Sinopoli Shares with us a delightful recollection of her memories as a child growing up in Boston's "Little Italy" and a collection of Italian family recipes from the homeland. 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